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Unidentified people attempt break-in at IAF's Paris office managing Rafale

"As per initial assessment, no data or hardware have been stolen. The local police are investigating the incident," said a source

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rafale aircraft
Photo: Rafale fighter aircraft

In a suspected case of espionage, there was an attempted break-in on Sunday at the Indian Air Force's office which is overseeing production of 36 fighter jets for India, military sources said.

A group of unidentified persons broke into the office of the IAF's team in the suburbs of and local police are probing whether the attempt was to steal classified data relating to the

"As per initial assessment, no data or hardware have been stolen. The local police are investigating the incident," said a source.

The sources said the IAF has briefed the defence ministry about the incident.

The IAF's office of is located at the complex of Dassault Aviation, the makers of the Rafale jets.

There was no official reaction from either the defence ministry or the IAF about the incident.

The IAF team is headed by a Group and it comprises two fighter pilots, one and a number of weapons experts and engineers.

The team is coordinating with Dassault on manufacture of Rafale jets as well as on weapons package onboard of the

had signed a inter-governmental deal in September 2016 with for procuring 36 Rafale jets at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore.

The first Rafale is scheduled to be delivered in September this year.

First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 19:41 IST
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